Cornwall Real Food and Farming Conference

Date : 8th February 2024 - 9th February 2024 | 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Venue : Queens Hotel Western Promenade Road Penzance TR18 4HG United Kingdom

The Cornwall Real Food and Farming Conference, organised by Precision Grazing Ltd, is back for 2024, join them for the freshest farming ideas this side of the River Tamar!

10-10.30am – Arrival. Tea and coffee

10.30-10.40 – Introduction. Opening Address

10.40-11.25 – Session 1: Building Soil Health & Wealth – Let’s talk dirt, but not the scandalous kind! Dive into groundbreaking techniques that will transform your soil, boosting both your harvest and your profits.

11.25-12.25 – Session 2 – Attend either A or B:

A – Herbal Leys – Schemes, Seeds & Managing for Success – Lots to like but how do you get it right? Hear from an expert panel with hands on experience managing herbal leys for cutting and grazing with beef, sheep and dairy.

B – Bringing Landscape Recovery to Life – This session will explore what Landscape Recovery means and benefit from the insight of David Fursdon, Lord-Lieutenant of Devon who led the recent Dartmoor Review.

12.25-13.25 – Lunch

13.25-14.15 – Session 3: Growing and Transferring a Successful Business – Get tips on how to cultivate a thriving business and pass on the torch without singeing your overalls.

14.15-15.05 – Session 4: Food for Thought – It is one thing to produce high quality food but quite another thing to sell it. Learn from farmers who are adding value and going direct, discover how they did it and what their customers have taught them about farming.

15.05-15.25 – Closing Address

15.25–16.00 – Tea & Coffee

16.00 – Event Ends

Confirmed Speakers

Hannah Jones – Farm Carbon Toolkit, Ian Baggs – Dairy Farmer & Nuffield Scholar, David Fursdon, Lord-Luitenant Devon, Chris Knowles – Trink Dairy, Edward Richardson – Farm Cornwall, James Daniel – Precision Grazing, James Kittow – James Kittow Butchers, James Richards – Tregaminion, Julian Ellis – Boscarne Farm, Mike Roberts – Blable Farm, David Thomas – Rivirea Produce, Matthew Dale – Restrosguet Barton, Graham Egins – Scilly Chilli, Mark Pilcher – Gear Farm, Cheryl Marriott – Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Georgina Roberts – Newmill Farm, Mowenna Bone – St Buryan Farm Shop


£15pp + VAT. Tickets limited to 2 per business and offered on a first come first served basis with priority given to farming businesses/individuals located in Cornwall.

Rodda’s and Coast2Coast Farm Vets have together generously sponsored 20 tickets to be offered to YFC members across the county, contact your club rep for more information.

For enquiries please contact info@precisiongrazing.com

BONUS EVENT – Herbal Ley Deep Dive – Friday 9th, Ladock, Truro, 10am-1pm.

Recognising the growing interest in Herbal Leys and alternative forages like Lucerne this event will provide the chance to get discuss establishment and management in detail as well as how they can be used to build resilience in the wider farm production system. It will be chance to chat with members of the Herbal Ley panel including:

Ian Baggs, fourth generation dairy farmer from Dorset and 2021 Nuffield Scholar will present the full findings of his report “SUSTAINABLE FORAGE CROPPING FOR DAIRY CATTLE IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE”.

Sam Awdry, innovative beef farmer experienced with herbal leys and grazing management. Sam will host a farm walk to view his leys and discuss species & mixes.

This event includes lunch and refreshments and is kindly supported by Cornish Mutual.

Tickets are free BUT booking is essential as numbers are limited. Priority will be given to those who attended the conference.

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